One of SMCF’s own, Arnold Cope, competed in his 4th 70.3 mi triathlon in Knoxville on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The Revolution3 race is a huge event, drawing professional athletes from all across the world.
Athletes began their day entering the COLD Tennessee River (52 deg – felt like 40) near Calhoun’s Restaurant for a 1.2 mile swim. They exited the water across from Neyland Stadium and started their wet and dangerous 56 mile bike ride out of the city and toward Alcoa. They then returned to Knoxville and transitioned to a 13.1 mile run through UT campus and adjacent neighborhoods culminating with a spectacular finish in the heart of World’s Fair Park.
Arnold was 215th overall coming out of the water. He moved up to 191st place by the end of the bike ride. He had an excellent transition from the bike to the run and was able to pass quite a few people during the 13.1 mile run, finishing in 164th place overall. He ended up 21st in his division, with a total time of 6hr 33 min.
This was Arnold’s 4th 70.3 mile triathlon. He has also completed 2 full-distance Ironman events! Arnold’s goal with adding CrossFit to his training regimen was to add strength that would allow him to transition more effectively and be stronger near the end. His results testify to the fact that the high-intensity movements that we do in CrossFit have not only helped his strength, but have also increased his stamina, both mentally and physically.
After the race, Arnold and Evelyn had the priviledge of meeting the 2010 female Ironman World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae.
Way to go, Arnold! You make all of us at SMCF proud!